The messiness of a Massachusetts divorce has been well documented. The attorneys, the custody battles, dividing everything up. But when you are sure - absolutely sure - you want to go through with one, how do you tell your spouse you want a divorce? In movies, it's often blurted out in the midst of a heated argument, with one partner or the other dramatically shouting, "I want a divorce!" But in life, things tend to go a bit differently. And, if you want the ensuing legal battle to be civil, it's in one's best interest to take pause and really determine how to tell the person they vowed to spend the rest of their life with that it's over. So how does one deliver this particularly life-altering bit of news?
Every Massachusetts divorce is unique, of course. Divorcing is difficult, painful, and scary, even when you are the one that decided to divorce. Some alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation are more respectful. But even if you can divorce amicably, it's hard and it hurts.
A good Massachusetts marriage civilizes men. At least, that's what it looks like, since fewer married men are antisocial. Married men are more responsible, less aggressive, less likely to do something illegal and more mentally healthy than single ones. This has been documented in a bunch of studies and chronicled in such great works of art as Jane Eyre and Failure To Launch. But it's never been clear whether it's the marriage that makes men antisocial or whether fewer antisocial men get married.
Contrary to popular opinion, people who say they are still madly in love with their Massachusetts spouses after more than two decades are not crazy. At least, some of them aren't. And apparently they're not lying either. This is the proposition of a study published in an issue of Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience that took brain scans of long-married people who claimed to still be besotted with their marital partner.
Due to COVID-19, Massachusetts residents are experiencing difficult financial times. While there has been action by the government to ease financial burdens such as staying evictions and forbearing mortgage payments, the fact of the matter is that ensuring the receipt of child support during this time is critical.
In mid-April, the government began sending out direct payments to Massachusetts residents as part of the larger coronavirus stimulus package. While the money was much needed by those who lost income as a result of the pandemic, many are wondering whether there's a catch. Will the money be taxed later? Is it simply a tax refund advance that will need to be paid back next year?